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Becoming Billie Holiday
Contributor(s): Weatherford, Carole Boston (Author), Cooper, Floyd (Illustrator)

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ISBN: 159078507X     ISBN-13: 9781590785072
Publisher: Wordsong
OUR PRICE: $16.96  

Binding Type: Hardcover - See All Available Formats & Editions
Published: October 2008
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Annotation: In Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, on April 7, 1915, Sadie Fagan gave birth to a daughter. She named her Eleanora. The world, however, would know her as Billie Holiday, possibly the greatest jazz singer of all time. Eleanoras journey into legend took her through pain, poverty, and run-ins with the law. By the time she was fifteen, she knew she possessed something that could possibly change her lifea voice.
Additional Information
BISAC Categories:
- Juvenile Nonfiction | Biography & Autobiography - Music
- Juvenile Nonfiction | Biography & Autobiography - Cultural, Ethnic & Regional
- Juvenile Nonfiction | Music - Jazz
Dewey: B
LCCN: 2007051214
Age Level: 13-17
Grade Level: 8-12
Lexile Measure: 970(Not Available)
Physical Information: 0.5" H x 6.9" W x 9.6" (1.07 lbs) 117 pages
Themes:
- Ethnic Orientation - African American
- Chronological Period - 20th Century
Features: Bibliography, Dust Cover, Ikids, Illustrated, Price on Product, Table of Contents
Awards: Tayshas Reading, Commended, Young Adult, 2010
Coretta Scott King Award, Honor Book, Author, 2009
Review Citations: Kirkus Review - Children 09/01/2008 pg. 961
Booklist 10/01/2008 pg. 53
School Library Journal 10/01/2008 pg. 176
Kirkus Best Young-Adult Books 12/01/2008 pg. 22
Voice of Youth Advocates 12/01/2008 pg. 443 - Recommended - Better Than Most
SLJ's Best Books 12/01/2008 pg. 41
ALA Best Books Young Adults 03/15/2009 pg. 7
Hornbook Guide to Children 01/01/2009 pg. 190 - Recommended, Satisfactory
Accelerated Reader Info
Quiz #: 124496
Reading Level: 5.8   Interest Level: Upper Grades   Point Value: 2.0
 
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Publisher Description:
Before the legend of Billie Holiday, there was a girl named Eleanora. In 1915, Sadie Fagan gave birth to a daughter she named Eleanora. The world, however, would know her as Billie Holiday, possibly the greatest jazz singer of all time. Eleanora's journey into legend took her through pain, poverty, and run-ins with the law. By the time she was fifteen, she knew she possessed something that could possibly change her life--a voice. Eleanora could sing. Her remarkable voice led her to a place in the spotlight with some of the era's hottest big bands. Billie Holiday sang as if she had lived each lyric, and in many ways she had. Through a sequence of raw and poignant poems, award-winning poet Carole Boston Weatherford chronicles Eleanora Fagan's metamorphosis into Billie Holiday. The author examines the singer's young life, her fight for survival, and the dream she pursued with passion in this Coretta Scott King Author Honor winner. With stunning art by Floyd Cooper, this book provides a revealing look at a cultural icon.
 
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